Sheriff's Office responsibilities

  • criminal investigations
  • county jail operations
  • weapon permits
  • civil process such as sheriff's sales, paper service and garnishments
  • warrants, court orders and courtroom security

Purpose Statement

As the only law enforcement office in the nation elected by the people and for the people to constitutionally serve as the supreme law enforcement authority of Winneshiek County, our purpose and mission is to ensure the safety of the public in a friendly, approachable and ethical manner, while always upholding and protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens. 

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Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office

19 hours 7 minutes ago

Date: 4/20/2018
Incident/Charge: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Location: City of Decorah, Iowa

Person: Jacob Abrams
Address: Decorah, Iowa
Age: 28

Incident Details: Jacob Abrams was arrested and booked into the Winneshiek County Jail for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On April 20, 2018 at 12:15pm the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Farmers Union Coop in Ossian advising of a fire at the old fertilizer plant still containing fertilizer across from DeSales School and Childcare Center. Fire crews from Ossian, Calmar, Castalia and Decorah were paged to the scene. Winneshiek County Emergency Management, Calmar Police and the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. Due to the volatility of the situation and number of children in close proximity, we began the evacuation of students from DeSales School and Childcare Center. Fire crews were able to quickly contain and control the fire, making the scene safe. Since evacuation had already begun, as a precautionary measure, students were relocated to South Winn Elementary School. It was soon determined that no further evacuation of the surrounding neighborhood was needed. In less than one hour students were able to return to the school and childcare center.

We especially commend the fire crews for quick response which kept the community safe, and DeSales School and South Winn School for their commitment to the safety of our children. Great job to all involved!

UPDATE: 4/20/18 OWNERS HAVE BEEN FOUND! Thanks for all the shares!
Looking for owners. Found near Ossian. Please contact the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office if you know where this dog belongs. 563-382-4268.

All roads in Winneshiek County are completely snow/ice covered. Travel is not advised. For current roads conditions and Iowa DOT snow plow locations visit

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